Dan Donovan made his first appearance at City Hall yesterday since losing the attorney general’s race to Eric Schneiderman, and he declined to weigh in on how his one-time opponent is faring in his new job.
“I think we have to give the attorney general an opportunity,” Donovan said. “He’s been an office now for maybe five weeks and I told him I would support him. If he’s successful our state is successful, we are all sucessful. I am not a person who ran for public office and lost and hopes that their opponent who beat them fails so I can say I told you so. I am hoping that Attorney General Schneiderman suceeds greatly.”
So far the new attorney general has been relatively quiet. In December he announced a series of staff appointments and last month he reached an $18 million settlement in a Medicare fraud case. Last week he announced that he is boosting the office’s anti-fraud efforts.
“He is just beginning,” Donovan said. “He made staffing changes. He moved some of his resources to fight financial areas he believes are important to our state, so I think the public and everybody ought to give him the chance to see how sucessful he is going to be but my hope is that he is extremely sucessful.”
And despite the result, Donovan said that he had no regrets.
“I had a great opporuntunity to travel around the state and run for a statewide office and have the great fortune after having lost that race having what I believe is one of the greatest jobs in the world.”